Adolfo Alix Jr.
Adolfo Alix Jr. at IFFR
Jason (14) lives in a slum district of Manila. Jason can drum better than anyone, but he doesn't have a drum kit. He probably won't get one either, because his brother makes his girlfriend pregnant and his friend Pablo tends to wave his knife around too much. But Jason carries on drumming in his dreams.
Adela is a former radio star who lives in dignified poverty. She would like to celebrate her 80th birthday with her children. She's also played by the fragile old actress Anita Linda. A warm homage to cinema itself too. Watch it and understand why Filipino cinema is now hot.
Raw and intense drama about the Filipino family Domingo, each of the members of which try to survive in their own clumsy way and wrestle with dilemmas in an immoral society.
In the heart of the jungle, the social worker Aurora is kidnapped by a group of Moslem rebels. Her name means 'first light of day', but it remains the question whether she'll ever see it again. The productive Filipino Adolfo B. Alix Jr tackles a political subject for the first time.
The chassis is the foundation of a car. You could hardly call it the foundation of a house, but for young mother Norah and her little daughter Sarah this is actually the case. For lack of anything better, they sleep under parked lorries. Dirty and far from safe. In moving black-and-white.
A week in the life of an elderly prisoner. She was once a celebrated actress, but was sentenced for drug trafficking. She’s one of the hundreds of women in a prison that sometimes seems almost cheerful. The despair remains repressed. With great actresses like Anita Linda and Rosanna Roces.
Last summer, China and Japan were suddenly on a war footing because of claims to a couple of small uninhabited islands. The film is set on such an island. Lonely soldier stands guard on behalf of his country. Then he flips. With Ananda Everingham, Thai hunk.
Adolfo makes several films each year, without losing quality. This time it’s a dramatic crime family story with impressive acting and equally impressive black-and-white. Godmother 1. Nominated for the The Big Screen Award.
Legend of China Doll
The young Filipino director was once given a dark, political scenario for his birthday by the famous Lav Diaz. Only years later did he get round to filming it. A journalist investigates a woman with the name of China Doll. Knowledge, however, turns out to be dangerous here.
The Day After
The death of a poet. Everything has been documented. The loss must be enormous, but restraint is demonstrated. With a legendary actress in the lead role.